The process of birthing is the most crucial period in existence. I say in existence because I am not only referring to human birthing, but birthing of all kinds of creatures in general. Just from the start of labour, a female is in her most vulnerable state and proper care needs to be exercised for a healthy offspring to be born.
Just like birthing, how new employees are welcomed into the business is as important.The recruitment process in the business is an ongoing one; time and again new employees are inducted into the company and how they feel and what they see in the first few days of their stay, will forever be true to them. This is because a lot of us believe in first impressions and no matter how much we argue about it, first impressions can either do you good or make you take a turn for the worst.
Welcoming a new employee does not start when the employee sets foot in your organisation, it starts the minute the chosen candidate accepts your employment offer. Communication is a very vital aspect in our daily interactions with one another. Proper communication sets the record straight and leaves no room for assumptions. Contacting the new employee after they have accepted the job offer says a lot about the culture in the company. This contact will be just to welcome the new employee and express your delight in working with them. It can be made either by phone call, email or letter, by the manager the new employee will be reporting to. This may be small and sound tacky, but it will do wonders in the long run.
PREPARE FOR EMPLOYEE
My belief is, the fact that a post was put out there meant that the company needed someone’s input. Therefore since everyone knows that someone is coming to fill in the vacant post, proper arrangements must be made. Like fixing where the new employee will be stationed. There is nothing frustrating and downright insulting like coming into a station which is not prepared for you, it makes one to feel unappreciated and not really welcomed. A new employee’s station should be well prepared beforehand; computer should be in place and working, network cables attended to, telephone setup and anything else that the new employee might need, like stationery. They should all be there waiting for him/her.
When the new employee reports for his/her first day, although chances are that he will not get to work right away because of meetings with HR, he would however, want to have a feel of the systems. Email account should be created and all the systems and applications the new employee will need, ready for use. Login details for the various programs should be created.
ASSIGN A MENTOR
Due to the pressure that, as a manager, one usually has, it is not really easy to be taking the new employee through the daily work that has to be done. It is therefore wise that you assign the new employee a mentor who will guide the new employee through the work and assignments until he becomes more confident. This mentor will be a more experienced employee. The same mentor, along with the manager, is the one who will be doing the rounds introducing the new employee to his colleagues.
Welcoming an employee is more than a handshake and a smile. It is important that a leader takes advantage of the vulnerability and innocence of a new employee and give them the best impressions ever because there is a lot at stake on how new employees are welcomed into the company.
Botswana Railways hit by fuel theft
Botswana Railways lost fuel business due to continuous incidents of stolen fuel from the tanks and delays mainly at Mafikeng, in the north Western side of South Africa.
Botswana Railways Chief Executive Officer Leonard Makwinja said, during 2017/2018, their biggest failure was in this area. “Our biggest failure in this aspect was on imports, transporting of fuel from South Africa proved to be a challenge.
There have been incidents of fuel loss on tankers, sometimes a delay in Mafikeng when trains changed and when it arrives in Botswana the tank would be half empty, “said Makwinja. He said this was worsened by allegations that road transportation was cheaper. Currently, they have employed a fuel consultant to look into the whole fuel transportation. “We believe a solution will be found soon.”
The BR Chief explained they heavily rely on the relationship with Transnet to successfully execute its freight mandate. Most of the imports through rail come from South Africa and the main export through rail which is salt and soda ash is transported from Botash to Mafikeng. “Going onwards we have to depend on Transnet for connections to the respective destinations. Our strategic plan going forward is to improve our services to the oil companies so that we are more reliable, timely and profitable.”
During the period, Makwinja said they had to focus on cost containment. The main cost drivers are staff cost, fuel and maintenance of the locomotives. In his statement on Botswana Railways 2018 annual report, Makwinja said the organization’s performance was subdued due to lack of capacity to meet the demand. “In terms of tonnage, our target was 2 million tons but we only achieved 1, 5 million tons. This adverse variance can be attributed to a number of factors including lack of sufficient locomotives and practicing conservative business initiatives and marketing,” he said.
Calls to improve crop yields with technology
Greenhouse Technologies managing director, Amanda Masire has urged entrepreneurs to venture into agriculture as it is a lucrative business and more beneficial to the national economic development, despite climate change challenges.
Speaking to Business Trends, Masire said there is a need for more training and knowledge on modern agriculture technologies for the country to have sustainable food production. “I am passionate about agriculture and food production. I want to help my country to produce food for itself and reduce dependency on imports. I have learnt that despite all the challenges of climate change, we can still produce our own food through the use of modern technologies,” said Masire.
Masire is an agri-business developer, specializing in horticulture, beekeeping and fish farming. She currently operates Greenhouse Farmers Academy offering training and mentorship on horticulture farming. “Agriculture is the most lucrative business that young people should be looking into. Currently, we depend much on South Africa. We should rise up and develop the sector because as Batswana we have rich land that we are not utilising.” Her services include horticulture starter kit, which includes business plans, lessons, fertilisers and all equipments necessary for a particular horticulture project.
She is currently working with the Ministry of Agriculture Development and Food Security to develop the ISPAAD Program. She said government would embrace modern farming technologies to improve food production. “Most Batswana have lands which they are currently not ploughing because of climate change conditions while the government gives out fertilizers and seeds every year to subsistence farmers yet there is no yield. I have come up with solutions, which include testing soil and supplying lime treatment to reduce acidity. This will help improve crop yield when adopted with other technologies,” she said.
Speaking during Stanbic Lionness Lean In Africa, Masire said with the challenges in the agriculture sector, Batswana should stop looking much into the problems and getting discouraged but should rather think of solutions. “Government is trying but we individuals also need to be innovative and assist government in improving food security. Young people should take opportunity of the agri-business market and reduce unemployment,” said Masire.
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